12 January 2011
David Hussey keen to push for a CWC berth
The Victoria senior batsman is keen to prove his critics after being named in the Australia ODI squad
Australia Chairman of Selectors Andrew Hilditch feels that David Hussey (in pic) is ideally suited to the subcontinent conditions for next month's World Cup.
The younger Hussey, 33, will have his first chance in the opening game of the seven match series against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The game is the final chance for the likes of Hussey to stake a claim for a World Cup berth.
Hussey last played for Australia in a one-dayer in March 2009, but was described by chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch as ideally suited to the subcontinent venues of next month's World Cup.
"It is fantastic for me, it has been 18 months since I played, so I'm rapt to be part of the squad again," Hussey told reporters in Adelaide on Wednesday.
"I'm looking forward to proving a few people wrong."
Hussey said he had never given up hope of winning further national honours despite many believing his international future limited to the Twenty20 format.
"I never believed I was finished in any form of the game," he said.
"I'm still harbouring hopes of playing Test cricket, I desperately want to play Test cricket.
"Sadly, I didn't get an opportunity in the Ashes but there is still a lot of good cricket left in me yet and I want to be a part of maybe a couple of Test wins late in life."
Hussey's power hitting has long been recognised but his wily offspin appears to have placed him ahead of other World Cup batting contenders such as Callum Ferguson, Brad Hodge and Shaun Marsh.
Australia's World Cup squad will be announced on 19 January, with the 15 players to then play the remaining six one-day matches of the series against England.
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